Favorite Gear Seller Websites

These brands make high-quality, efficient gear, and if you don’t already know to look for them, they may not show up in your shopping and searches.

Yama Mountain Gear – shelters, packs, and accessories

Zpacks – packs and accessories

Enlightened Equipment – made-to-order quilts and apparel

Hyperlite Mountain Gear – shelters and packs

Mountain Laurel Designs – shelters, packs, and synthetic quilts

Six Moon Designs – shelters

Feathered Friends – down sleeping bags and booties

Gossamer Gear – packs

Montbell – down clothing

Western Mountaineering – sleeping bags

Vargo – titanium stakes, pots, stoves, trowels, and cleats

AntiGravityGear – rain gear

Trail Designs – alcohol stoves and wind screens

Bedrock Sandals – minimalist sandals

DeFeet – socks and gloves

Purple Rain Skirts – just awesome hiking skirts and sleeveless hiking dresses

Lightheart Gear – sleeved hiking dresses (new addition to my list in 2021)

Dirty Girl Gaiters – just awesome gaiters

Hilltop Packs – custom-printed sacks (new addition to my list in 2021)

Although not gear, I’d like to give a shout out to suppliers of great backpacking meals:

Pack-It Gourmet – my favorites are the Texas State Fair Chili and the Big’un Burrito

Good To-Go – my favorite is the Thai Curry

I also rely on brands like Patagonia, Darn Tough, Therm-a-rest, Sawyer, Nalgene, Black Diamond, Komperdell*, Altra, Sea to Summit, Anker, REI, and Garmin, but they don’t need my help getting attention.

*Update on Komperdell: I had a fantastic experience with their 3-year repair service guarantee. Komperdell will repair its poles for a period of “3 years after the initial date of production.” I  bought my poles two and a half years ago, but they were already the previous year’s model. I mailed my broken pole to the US-based repair center, but I wasn’t assuming Komperdell would repair it. Not only did they repair it, they sent me the lower section for two poles, so that both would be the same.  I practically have a new set of poles as a result.

Did I miss something? Add your favorite small businesses in the comments below.

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